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my Crown Duel book

Sorry for taking so long to update on the Crown Duel book that I made. Turned in my senior project, finished college end of March, finally found time to finish the book and take photos, have been relaxing since. Anyone in L.A. looking to hire a graphic designer? hahaha...

Crown Duel finished book

Crown Duel turned out to be much larger than I thought. (Puts an end to the thought of making my own versions of the Inda series. Unless I wanted to print an oversized, 10″×14″ book, haha!) The collected side stories ended up being a lot smaller than I expected, so I added the Q&A from Colorwoods to beef it up.

Crown Duel finished book

Crown Duel finished book
Title page...

Crown Duel finished book
and chapter/story opener.

I uploaded more photos to my Flickr page, some shots of the process of making the book. (Although for some reason they're displayed in reverse order on that page, I have no idea why.)

So, yeah. Yay! Second book I've made! Next I'm thinking of printing Lucy Clifford's Anyhow Stories for myself. :D


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May. 23rd, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
Wow that's incredibly lovely. How much would it cost if you made them to sell? If you can't find graphic designer work right away, you could advertise on Etsy as a bookbinder for custom made books (it could be public domain books, then you wouldn't have to worry about the copyright - or you could ask the author like you did sartorias).

Anyway, I'm in awe and envious of your skill and owning that book ^^.
May. 24th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Hm, I don't know how much it would make sense to charge. I think it's more a matter of time and effort put into construction as it takes a while to make them. These books took me a few days. But that's a cool option to consider. :D
May. 25th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
If it were reasonably affordable I'd probably be a customer in the target group ^^. There are some nice public domain books like the Scarlet Pimpernel and certain Georgette Heyers that might be nice ^^.

You might get vanity authors interested in having a one off perfect binding of their masterwork or such ^^. They sell lots of Notebooks or sketchbooks on Etsy - with blank pages, or arty magazine type things (which might also be an idea... selling your graphic design), but I haven't run across anyone custom printing actual books!

Did you design the symbolic artwork on the title and around the chapter titles, too?
May. 25th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea.

another is offering to do the design work if one wants to self publish.

Like, I think CreateSpace sounds great for what I want to do. But the thought of doing all the design aspect daunts me.
May. 26th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
It would be so cool if I could design books. That was my dream job until I found out there were no more publishing companies in Southern California. I don't know how I'd go about advertising my services though. :/
May. 26th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Set up a webpage, first thing, and take pictures of your product.

Do some for people and photograph them.

See word of mouth spread!
May. 27th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, good idea, thanks!
May. 27th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
An Aside
If you use CreateSpace, which is an Amazon.com company, please read the rights you would give them carefully. From the impression of discussions on Kindle ebooks and Amazons other explorations into publishing on the DearAuthor.com site I fear that you may hand over more rights than you might be comfortable with.

"If you do post content or submit material, and unless we indicate otherwise, you grant us a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. You grant us and sublicensees the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content, if they choose."
from here:

I'd email them to make quite sure....
May. 27th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: An Aside
I've got to remember that. Thank you.
May. 26th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
You're making me really excited about this idea now. XD I'll have to look into it more!

The title page I came up with from scratch, the chapter page I modified it from a font I downloaded.
May. 27th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Well if you DO do something with it, keep us informed. Maybe I could afford one of your products ^^. But do find out realistic prices, you don't want to put yourself into debt. The Etsy community has large seller forums, maybe they have information for realistic pricing there.
May. 27th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
All right, thanks. I'll definitely mention it here if I do something!
May. 28th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Just lovely! What a fantastic job!
May. 25th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
That is incredibly lovely and skillfully made. Good work!
May. 25th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 23rd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Your books are lovely!

I recently ordered the Library Binding edition of the combined Crown/Court Duel duet because I wanted a hardcover copy of it, and it is practically unreadable! I don't know book terminology to explain what's wrong with it, but basically, the words run right into the binding so on the left pages the right ends of the lines are cut off and on the right pages the very left ends of the lines are cut off and there's no real margin around the outside edges so the words run almost right to the edges in a way that's very distracting. I wish it was more like your version! I should have just spent money on a spare paperback version because I won't ever be able to read this Library Binding version.
May. 24th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
I hate books like that! That's usually the reason why I make my own books, I want a nice hardcover version when there isn't one to be had. My teacher's maxim is that white space is beautiful, and I tend to go overboard with that, so I don't think I could survive as a regular book designer, haha.
May. 23rd, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
I wish I had the patience, knowledge, and skill to do gorgeous stuff like that. Just fabulous!!
May. 24th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Gorgeous!!
You also need lots of space to spread out while working on the book, which is hard for me to find at home with all my cats, haha!
May. 23rd, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, you did such an amazing job!

It's kinda cool to see the scenes between the scenes in actual print--I've only ever seen them on my compute screen. (I don't print any of this stuff out as ink is just so costly.)
May. 24th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Definitely! Even the versions I printed out where something messed up (printers, bah) I kept and want to somehow bind them into a book, even if just an artsy book that isn't meant to be read.
May. 23rd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
It's gorgeous! What a great idea - I've done some book binding myself, but only for making blank journals.
May. 25th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Those are absolutely beautiful!
May. 24th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 24th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
May. 24th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
May. 24th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
Beautiful! I love the fonts and the designs especially.
May. 24th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I had lots of fun designing the book on the computer. :D
May. 24th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
May. 24th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
May. 24th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Aww, those are nice! I took a bookarts class last year which turned out to be a lot of fun. Did you just glue the pages? They look big! Love the endpapers!
May. 24th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Nope it's sewn. I just barely managed to fit two pages on one 8.5x11 sheet!
Jun. 15th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Wow, beautiful work. And if you ever consider making the scenes between scenes and selling it, let me know. I am definitely willing to pay for a hard copy. =)
Jun. 15th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
I want to do that, actually.
Jun. 15th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Would you really? Do a hard copy of those outtakes?
Jun. 15th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Yes--I need to give them a polish (they are first drafts, and it shows) and finish off the lot with one before and one after.
Jun. 15th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Wow. That would be fantastic! I currently have them printed out and stashed with my copies of Crown Duel. It'd be great to have a copy that sorta doesn't fly away in the wind. =)
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
How cool! I can't wait!
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